Invaded by Mongols, seized by the Ottomans, the Cozaks, and once again by the Ottomans. Next came the Poles, then the Russians, then Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Ukraine. This city with an identity crisis made only stronger with time now teeters on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, battling recent politicians for ownership of its finest landmarks and winning one small step at a time.
Kamianets-Podilskyi is less than 20 kilometers north of Moldova and home to a beautiful fortress seen best at sunset. The Smotrych River valley allows for views of the ever changing flora paralleling flowing waters.
Adventurers can soar across the valley on a zip line while those wishing to keep a slower pace can enjoy views from the top of a slow-moving ferris wheel still standing from soviet times. Guess which we chose? Guess again. Yep, we kept it nice and easy with a ferris wheel ride and were struck with laughter when we were told only one rotation was allowed.
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Kamianets-Podilskyi from a Ferris Wheel
Still Pretty – No Pink – Kamianets-Podilskyi
Roommates – Missing one but we found his duplicate!! Kamianets-Podilskyi
The Sorcerer’s Stone Kamianets-Podilskyi
Battle of the Brides Kamianets-Podilskyi
Going for a Stroll – Kamianets-Podilskyi
Stephen Bathory Gate in Chains – Kamianets-Podilskyi
Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral Kamianets-Podilskyi
Big Egg Tiny Girl – Kamianets-Podilskyi
Back Alleys and Laundry Baskets Kamianets-Podilskyi
That’s Love (or Gole?) Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine – by Anika Mikkelson – Miss Maps
Saint George’s Cathedral Kamianets-Podilskyi
Blue and Gold Butterflies – Traditional Ukrainian
Stephen Bathory Gate in Kamianets-Podilskyi
Life on the Streets Kamianets-Podilskyi
Sunny Flowers and Gray in Kamianets-Podilskyi
Waiting for a Friend – Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine – by Anika Mikkelson – Miss Map
Lots of Layers – Kamianets-Podilskyi
Changing Colors on the River Valley at Kamianets-Podilskyi
Saint George’s Orthodox Church in Kamianets-Podilskyi
Pretty in Pink Peacocks – Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine – by Anika Mikkelson – Miss Maps
Rustica – Kamianets-Podilskyi
The City through Murals – Kamianets-Podilskyi
A day trip through town was enough to soak in its charm, though a day can easily be made into a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed. The blue-roofed churches and golden trimmings never seize to amaze as they catch the sun’s reflection and sparkle toward the sky: Quite possibly my favorite feature of Ukraine.